Antipathy or Admiration...
How do you feel about Ants?
FLORA AND FAUNA AND THE FOREST WORLD
I have heard it said that 'come the Apocalypse' ants will be the one creature to flourish. If you have ever stopped to watch a colony of ants at work, you will surely agree. A supreme example would be the Matabele ant of Southern Africa , which takes its name from the warrior like Matabele tribe from Zimbabwe. Their formidable war like strategies are certainly awe inspiring. When our boys were small we took them to visit their grandparents in the brave new country of Zimbabwe, and spent two nights in a small cottage in Hwange National game reserve. We saw giraffe, elephant, meerkats , buffalo, lions and a lone , lean cheetah. But perhaps the most memorable of all the wildlife that we encountered were the Matabele ants, who regularly formed a long trail in the dirt path in front of our lodge. We would watch them in fascination. Our youngest son kept a diary of that visit, and I well remember his charming drawings of these industrious insects. How I regret not keeping them.
Matabele ants are up to 2cm long and live in enormous colonies of up to 20 million members. They feed exclusively on termites, and set up raiding parties to kill and extract these insects. However the termite soldiers can retaliate by biting off ants' limbs. Studies have revealed that if an ant becomes injured it will be carried back to the nest where the wound will be licked and the ant carefully tended. Moreover, one study found that if an ant is wounded it will play up its injuries to attract attention so that it can be rescued. However if it is mortally wounded it will refuse to cooperate , so that its fellow ants will not waste their efforts.(source National Geographic magazine.) Is that not amazing?